What are the large and small acts of resistance that have brought us to today?

How can librarians and archivists help people make  more meaningful connections between past and present acts of resistance?

What previously untold stories of resistance should be preserved, shared, and told?

Who is important to Philadelphia’s resistance history? Who is creating a history of resistance right now? How will future generations know about them?


To begin answering these questions, we’ve held a series of community listening sessions. 

At these events, our project director and an archivist have facilitated discussions between activists, archivists, and the general public about resistance, archives, and their existing and possible impact on one another. A portion of the listening sessions also have consisted of audience members sharing their own experiences (positive or otherwise) with institutional archives and asking questions about the process of preserving their papers.

All listening sessions are FREE and open to the public. If you’re interested in having us host a listening session for your organization, please fill out our contact form and send us a message.

Previous Listening Sessions: 

Tuesday, May 7, 2019, Final event & listening session, Sankofa, at Bartram’s Garden and Sankofa Community Farm (recap coming soon on our blog).

Tuesday, March 19, 2018, Screening, Sisters in Freedom, at Free Library of Philadelphia Paschalville Branch (Read the recap on our blog.)

Wednesday, March 13, 2018, “Who Tells Your Story?” Community Archiving Forum at William Way LGBT Center (Recap coming soon!)

We were unable to host the listening session with One Book One Philadelphia on Wednesday, March 6, 2018 at Free Library of Philadelphia, Lucien Blackwell Branch. The rest of the program continued as planned.

Wednesday, March 6, 2018, Screening, Sisters in Freedom, Free Library of Philadelphia, Haverford Branch (Read the recap on our blog.)

Saturday, Feb. 16, 4:30 pm, Free Library of Philadelphia Parkway Central Branch (Read the recap here.)

Friday, Feb. 8, 7:00 pm, was canceled due to technical difficulties with the screening.

Thursday, Jan. 31, 5-7:30 pm, “Remembering Resistance, Chronicling Community” (Read a recap of the session on our blog.)

Wednesday, December 12, 6-8 pm, “Uncovering Women of Color in Time, Place, and History” (Read a recap of the session on our blog.)

Wednesday, November 28, 6-8 pm “Archiving Our Own” (Read a recap of the session on our blog.)

Get Involved

Resistance takes shape in many different ways—in large, small, and everyday acts, and through people whose names we know and some people whose names we don’t know. How do you see yourself in Philadelphia’s resistance history? Would you have fought back against colonization? Been a revolutionary? Preserved your ancestral culture and traditions? Fed and clothed children in your community? Held hands in public with a forbidden partner? Stood against ratifying the 13th, 14th, or 19th amendments?

We’d love to know more about your resistance story and how libraries and archives could be a partner in it. Your answers will help us figure out what’s next for Chronicling Resistance. Can you help us by answering the questions below?

If you’d like to have us host a listening session with your organization, please fill out our contact form and send us a message.

If you’re a PACSCL member organization looking for ways to spread the resistance narratives in your collections,  tell us more here.